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Defenders #3

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2005
By: Ray Tate

"The End of the World As We Know It"

Writer: Keith Giffin, J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Kevin Maguire, Chris Sotomayor(c)
Publisher: Marvel

Wacky fun ensues in the Defenders. Dormammu and Umar off-panel have beaten Eternity, the living embodiment of universe. After running through dialogue that portrays the sibs as kind of occult versions of Laurel and Hardy, Umar reveals with one line what a dupe Dormammu has been.

Dormammu’s wonderfully overblown monologue follows as the flame-headed goof drops into Eternity’s corpse or comatose body to remake the universe in his own image. Now, Defenders is just for fun, but this is a pretty awesome plan, and we still don’t even know the full extent to Umar’s ulterior motive.

So what does Umar do while all this happening? Have sex with the Hulk, and speaking of the Defenders, just where are our heroes. Oh, hanging about with Surfer still being hilariously cosmically clueless about the whole affair.

Giffin and DeMatteis’s story would be incomplete with out Kevin Maguire who pulls out all the Plymptons to make expression the watchword of this super-hero hilarity.

My one complaint? Once again, Umar is wearing a badly drawn bikini that’s poorly illustrated by Marvel’s censors. Who wears a bikini when they’re having sex! Come on! What kills me is that the Legion of Decency was so outraged by the possibility of breasts and nipples being seen in a super-hero comic book that so flustered they sometimes forgot to draw in the bikini when the panel-angle was more discreet. The end result is Umar’s flickering bikini. I get the impression that the Defenders was originally intended for a more mature audience before Marvel decided to release the title for all eyes. The implication of sex alone would seem to strengthen the argument.

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